339th Fighter Group

Group
Captain George Hrico, Captain Evan M "Johnny" Johnson, Major Archie A Tower and Lieutenant Richard E Krauss of the 339th Fighter Group in front of a P-51 Mustang (6N-W, serial number 44-14705) nicknamed "Boomerang". Image via James G Robinson. Written on slide casing: 'Cpt Hrico, Johnson, Tower & Krauss, 505 FS, Archie Tower.'

Object Number - FRE 5970 - Captain George Hrico, Captain Evan M "Johnny" Johnson, Major Archie A Tower and Lieutenant Richard E Krauss of the 339th Fighter Group in front of a...

In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots were expected to fly P-51 Mustangs, an aircraft they had no or little experience flying. The Group learnt fast and recorded the highest claims of air and ground enemy aircraft victories in the space of one year. The 339th was also the only Group to claim over 100 ground strafing victories on two occasions: 105 on 4 April 1935 and 118 on 11 April 1945.

Commanding Officers

Colonel John B. Henry, of the 339th Fighter Group, stands beside P-51 Mustang (6N-A, serial number 42-106676), known as "San Antone Rose" after Henry's home town of San Antonio, Texas. He is probably at Fowlmere air base, near Duxford, where the 339th Fighter Group were based between 5 April 1944 and 10 October 1945.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 45th Combat Bomb Wing 339th Fighter Group Headquarters (339th Fighter Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-24107
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 504th Fighter Squadron Headquarters (339th Fighter Group)
  • Service Numbers: 33068952 / O-22475
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot; Group Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Fowlmere 1944-04-05 - 1945-10-10

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 505th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 503rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 339th Fighter Group 504th Fighter Squadron

Revisions

Date24 Dec 2019 07:28:09
ContributorSOLIDKREATE
Date26 Feb 2015 16:14:00
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Associated with Fowlmere village

Date26 Feb 2015 15:35:49
Contributorrossingtonj
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Fowlmere dates from and to updated.

Date7 Feb 2015 18:02:22
Contributorrossingtonj
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339th Fighter Group website: http://www.339thfg.com

Date7 Feb 2015 16:44:20
Contributorrossingtonj
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339th Fighter Group memorial at Fowlmere airfield.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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